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April 10, 2014
12:25 EDTBBBY, GM, IMPV, RAD, EBAY, RT, ALLYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite U.S. jobless claims dropping to their lowest level since 2007. Stocks began the session slightly lower following disappointing trade data from China, but the market seemed to briefly try and make a move into positive territory shortly after the opening bell. The attempt was short circuited when the tech-heavy Nasdaq began to weaken and the averages have continued to drift lower throughout the morning, leaving the Nasdaq down more than 2% near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. However, many discounted the figure, which can be volatile around March and April due to the timing of Passover and Easter, as well as other seasonal factors. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) fell over 2.5% after the online marketplace operator struck a deal with noted investor Carl Icahn to end his proxy contest before the company’s upcoming annual meeting. The company agreed to Icahn’s suggestion to appoint David Dorman, a founding partner of Centerview Capital Technology, as an independent director and Icahn withdrew both his proposal to separate the company’s PayPal business and his two nominees to the company’s board... Shares of Ally Financial (ALLY), which was formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), were lower in their first day of trading following the company's return to the public markets. The Treasury Department, which had been Ally’s majority shareholder after rescuing it during the 2008 financial crisis, raised $2.38 billion by selling 95M shares at $25.00. General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 10% and casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which gained 13%. Among the noteworthy losers was home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which dropped over 6% after the company's first quarter profit outlook significantly trailed analysts' consensus estimate and the stock was downgraded to Neutral at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Also lower were shares of data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook and the stock was downgraded at both Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 124.91, or 0.76%, to 16,312.27, the Nasdaq was down 92.72, or 2.22%, to 4,091.18, and the S&P 500 was down 21.90, or 1.17%, to 1,850.28.
News For EBAY;GM;ALLY;RAD;BBBY;RT;IMPV From The Last 14 Days
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November 21, 2014
06:13 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
November 20, 2014
14:47 EDTGMMobileye sinks despite better than expected revenue, outlook
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09:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors sued by Arizona over recalls, NY Times says
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07:57 EDTGMIIHS crash tests results for minivans 'one of the worst', CNBC says
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November 19, 2014
06:51 EDTGMRegulators push automakers for wider airbag recall, NY Times says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to recall all U.S. vehicles with airbags made by Takata, according to The New York Times. The recall of of vehicles with the airbags has been limited to two states and two territories associated with high humidity, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
November 18, 2014
17:37 EDTGMNHTSA wants 'millions of vehicles' recalled due to Takata air bags, CNBC reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is calling for a nationwide recall of "millions of vehicles" due to Takata air bags that could inflate with too much force and injure drivers, reports CNBC. The NHTSA stated that the agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" if the recall is not conducted quickly, CNBC added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
15:05 EDTEBAYcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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08:37 EDTEBAYeBay increasingly threatened by Alibaba, says Bernstein
After conducting research in China, Bernstein believes that Alibaba's (BABA) international expansion poses an increasing competitive threat to eBay (EBAY) Marketplaces. The firm says that 25% of eBay's gross merchandise volume is generated outside of the U.S., and it believes a significant amount of that comes from China. Bernstein believes it is possible but not likely that Alibaba will buy eBay Marketplaces after its spin off. The firm keeps a $60 price target and Outperform rating on eBay.
November 17, 2014
15:36 EDTEBAYSnapchat partners with Square on money messaging service, Re/code reports
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10:02 EDTIMPVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTEBAYAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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06:48 EDTIMPVState Department hacked, NY Times reports
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06:07 EDTGMDeadline extended for GM compensation claims, AP reports
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05:29 EDTIMPVImperva downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Imperva to Neutral citing the recent outperformance of shares. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $45 from $42.
November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
17:01 EDTEBAYIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:58 EDTEBAY, BBBY, ALLYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
16:39 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:38 EDTEBAYJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
07:32 EDTGMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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